Washington, D.C. Income Rises as U.S. Economic Freedom Sags


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Like a tick on the back of a wounded animal, Washington, D.C. is doing just dandy, thank you, even though the country on which it feeds has been ailing for years. Census data shows that the nation's capital has seen average household income rise by almost a quarter since 2000, even as most of the rest of the country has suffered a decline. It may be no coincidence that, over the same years, the United States slid from second place in a major index of economic freedom around the world to 19th position.

At the Wall Street Journal, Neil Shah writes:

The income of the typical D.C. household rose 23.3% between 2000 and 2012 to an inflation-adjusted $66,583, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, its most comprehensive snapshot of America's demographic, social and economic trends. During this period, median household incomes for the nation as a whole dropped 6.6% — from $55,030 to $51,371…

The Washington, D.C. metro area — which includes the surrounding suburbs in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia — has it even better, with a median household income of $88,233 that ranks highest among the U.S.'s 25 most populous metro areas. Tampa, Florida's median income, by contrast, is under $45,000.

Shah works from the American Community Survey, a compilation of data as fascinating to mine as it is annoying to provide (which is why the Census Bureau now offers the carrot of offers of a gift card to offset the widely ignored stick of a fine to get people to cooperate, but that's another story). And the data makes clear that the federal goverment and the subsector of the economy dependent on that institution have fattened while the rest of the country has shriveled a bit.

Now contrast this with the just-released Economic Freedom of the World 2013 Annual Report, compiled by a worldwide network of organizations and published by Canada's Fraser Institute. According to that document, the United States steadily slid in its rankings over that same period of time. After scoring consistently between second and fourth between 1980 and 2000, the U.S. plummeted—to 19th place.

U.S. economic freedom
Economic Freedom of the World 2013 Annual Report

The phenomenon is sufficiently remarkable to rate a special treatment by the report's authors, James Gwartney, Robert Lawson and Joshua Hall:

Throughout most of period from 1980 to 2000, the United States ranked as the world's third-freest economy, behind Hong Kong and Singapore. As Exhibit 1.5 indicates, the chain-linked summary rating of the United States in 2000 was 8.65, second only to Hong Kong. By 2005, the US rating had slipped to 8.21 and its ranking fallen to 8th. The slide has continued. The United States placed 16th in 2010 and 19th in 2011. The 7.74 chain-linked rating of the United States in 2011 was nearly a full point less than the 2000 rating.

What accounts for the decline of economic freedom in the United States? While the US ratings and rankings have fallen in all five areas of the EFW index, the reductions have been largest in Legal System and Property Rights (Area 2), Freedom to Trade Internationally (Area 4), and Regulation (Area 5). The plunge in Area 2 has been huge.

The authors attribute the massive plunge with regard to Legal Systems and Property Rights largely to the "use of eminent domain to transfer property to powerful political interests, the ramfications of the wars on terrorism and drugs, and the violation of the property rights of bondholders in the auto-bailout case." But the U.S. has declined in all areas ranked by the index: Size of Government, Legal Systems and Property Rights, Sound Money, Freedom To Trade Internationally, and Regulation. In economic terms, the U.S. is not just a little less free than it was in 2000, but far less free. And it's much less attractive to international investors and entrepreneurs as a place to try to build businesses and create wealth.

Yes, this matters in terms of personal income. Point out Gwartney, Lawson and Hall:

In the top quartile, the average income of the poorest 10% was $10,556, compared to $932 in the bottom quartile in 2011US(PPP) dollars (Exhibit 1.9). Interestingly, the average income of the poorest 10% in the most economically free nations is more than twice the overall average income in the least free nations.

Is it just a concidence that this decline in economic freedom coincides with booming incomes for those dependent on the federal government even as the rest of the country hits the economic doldrums?

Washington, D.C. may be thriving now. but unlike a tick, it has no place to jump if the organism on which it feeds eventually dies.

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  1. Washington, D.C. may be thriving now. but unlike a tick, it has no place to jump if the organism on which it feeds eventually dies.

    But they’ll make damn sure to suck every last drop out of the host.

  2. Parasites thrive at the expense of the host.

    1. Hey, it’s for really important stuff. Like conferences at 5 star Hawaiian resorts…

      1. Why should the host care why the parasite is attached to it?

        1. It shouldn’t. But in this case, the parasite has convinced the host that the relationship is symbiotic…

          1. It’s unhealthy to ignore all of these symptoms, though. We need a doctor, stat.

  3. You can have one or the other, but you can’t have both. Either the government expands and does really well, or the private sector does. Take your pick. Vote carefully.

    1. Well, let me think. Still a lot more people in the private sector, and the private sector doesn’t kill people like the government does. And I seem to personally benefit a whole lot more when the private sector is successful.

      It’s really hard to decide.

      1. doesn’t kill people like the government does.

        No, we use illegal AR15s when we do it, they use legal AR15s.

        1. Private sector seems to have all of the smart and competent people, too. Hmmm.

          1. They do follow their procedures, though.

        2. Cool story, bro.

      2. How sure are you of that if real unemployment is around 9-12% and then I would say roughly between 10-20% work for some state, local or federal agency. then if you include privare contractors that work directly with the feds, I think the number of depedents may be more then you surmise.

        1. I just meant employed people, but you’re right, the number of dependents is high. That’s obviously a big part of the problem.

  4. Like a tick on the back of a wounded animal…

    Nice analogy, 2Chilly.

    1. I don’t like the wounded animal part. The government parasite is what caused the damage to our health, all by its little lonesome.

    2. I don’t think so. Ticks can be tweezed from their perches, but the extent of Washington’s infestation is so much greater and much more debilitating. It’s both tick and lime disease, plus mange, arthritis, cataracts, and rabies. As strong as the American economy remains, the feds will eventually succeed in killing it.

      1. It’s a virus that’s infected every cell in our body. Not just making us sick, but corrupting our very DNA.

      2. I’d throw in some parasitic worms as well. And maybe not rabies. It kills too fast.

        1. The host was extremely healthy once and could shrug off the parasite. But, as I said above, the virus has damaged our very DNA.

          1. Yeah, the virus metaphor works well.

            1. It’s reprogramming us as we speak.

  5. How about a new “reality show” in which typical Washington government employees are shadowed in their daily work life? It could be called “Real Bureaucrats of DC”.

    1. That show exists. It’s called Veep. You can catch in on HBO. Fascinating peek into the realities of daily DC life.

  6. For some reason I think this rat story is appropriate

  7. People who fill out census survey questions deserve to be beaten with carrots.

    1. Why wouldn’t they fill them out? They’re good little drones around DC, secure in their knowledge of how important their tireless, and selfless, efforts are in running the world. How could it exist otherwise?

      You really can’t fathom just how depraved and oblivious the depths of state worship can get, until you’ve lived in the Capital District.

      1. You really can’t fathom just how depraved and oblivious the depths of state worship can get, until you’ve lived in the Capital District.

        Like my friend, whom I’ve known since college, who has worked on the Hill since she graduated, who posts shit on her Facebook like “look at the beautiful seat of our amazing free society!” as a caption on a picture of the Capitol rotunda. She would have made an excellent Jonestown member.

  8. Are you paying attention, Marxist? This is the real class war, and it always has been.

  9. I thought it was the PLATINUM COINZ that made DC so rich? Wait, they didn’t make any yet??!

  10. As evidence to bolster this idea, I saw on my way to work this morning, a very shiny Bentley Continental GT, abandoned on the side of 95N, with a police tow tag on it.

    We’ve officially hit Hunger Games critical mass.

    1. I don’t understand this comment. Did it have a bumper sticker that read: If you can read this, thank a teacher?

      1. If the local school parking lots are any indication, Mercedes is the leading brand for teachers.

        1. In fairness, a late model C class is pretty reasonable and frankly a pretty good deal if you are looking for a good sedan. To me, you don’t fit the classic Mercedes own stereotype unless you own at least an E or preferably an S class or SUV that is no more than five years old.

          If the teacher is driving the big Merc SUV, he or she has bucks.

          1. Checking your facts now…

            1. I own a C class. Bought it used and had it for six years now. I love it. The thing is comfortable, cost me about what a new Camry would have cost, and thus far has been pretty much bullet proof.

              The used luxury or near luxury car market is fabulous. You can get such great deals. There are so many rich people who buy a new car every five years, there are a lot of really great used cars to be had out there. And people are often so obsessed with getting something new, they don’t think to look at buying them.

              1. I too like the C class cars (oh to have a CLS350), but I’ve been warned off by everyone who’s had a Benz to stay away. Not all that reliable and very expensive to fix.

                1. I have had a difference experience JW. Mine has been great. And I have driven the hell out of it. The only thing I have had to do to it was a break job, which is really part of maintenance.

                  The expensive repair part is an issue. But it is not that bad. It is not a Ferrari or something. I just like my car and find Japanese cars to be totally soulless. And there really wasn’t an American car of that class that did it for me.

                  At heart I am a car person and can’t help but make my car purchases at least somewhat on emotion. I really want a Fiat 500, which from a rational standpoint of cost and reliability I know is insane. But damn, they are so cool.

                  1. I just like my car and find Japanese cars to be totally soulless.

                    So you bought a German car?

                    1. So you bought a German car?

                      Yes, German cars all have a ton more soul than Japanese cars. It is not even close. Japanese cars are just boring. There is not a single one of them that appeals to me. The only Japanese product I would own is any sort of Toyota 4WD. To me the Landcruiser and Tundra are far and away the best of that sort of vehicles. But the cars? I don’t care if they do run for 200,000 miles without breaking down. I don’t find a single thing about them appealing. Any of them.

                    2. I agree for the most part, especially when it comes to Toyota and Honda, with the exception of the NSX. But Mazda does make the Miata (yeah, yeah, I know: “secretary’s car!”, but it really does handle extremely well and pretty much finished off what was left of the British roadster mistique), and Subaru makes the WRX, STi, and the BRZ (which also handles like a dream).

                    3. Disclaimer: I’ve never owned a German car, but currently own a 2004 STi and used to have a 2000 Toyota Celica, which wasn’t bad either for a front wheel drive “sporty coupe”. Naturally Toyota stopped making it and replaced it with the Scion TC. At least the Celica looked interesting, the TC looks like a Camry coupe to me.

                    4. Suburu makes some interesting cars. But I am not a lesbian and don’t work for the Sierra Club, so the outback is out, and I am not a yob looking to street race, so the Impreza is out. And those are the two cars I like the best.

                      But in fairness I wouldn’t put Suburus in with the other Japanese cars. They are more interesting.

              2. The only problem is fixing them.

                I have some relatives that like to appear rich even though they ain’t close. They’re always buying 5-8 year old luxury cars. When they have to take them in for repairs they get raped. Hard.

                1. Fixing them is an issue, but you can get a warranty if you buy from a dealership. Mine was under warranty until about a year ago, though I never had to use the warranty.

                  People do tend to forget about maintenance. That is what is giving me pause about buying a 911. I think when I hit 20 years in the Army I am going to do it. I have always dreamed of owning a Porshe. The only problem is that the 911 that are the best price are the 997s that came out in the early 00s. They were the first liquid cooled 911s and are known to have a couple of engine problems that can be expensive to fix. But I don’t want an air cooled one since I would use it as a daily driver. But you can’t buy a car that you can’t afford to fix.

          2. Oooookayyyy…. a late model used Class C is running around $25k to $33k.

            So you’re right. Not out of the ballpark for your average teacher.

            1. What does an average teacher make now? I haven’t really looked into it for some time, but last I knew it was in the $40-50k range. Certainly nothing they should complain about, but not exactly new luxury car territory. Of course, it varies a lot depending on where you are.

              1. Gonna depend on the district.

                Many years ago, one district (not a wealthy district) had (and I’m sorry, I don’t remember whether it was Average or Median– and I admit it makes a big difference) salaries at $56,000 a year. That was like late 90s. NPR interviewed a teacher who made $86,000 a year who was royally pissed off that she wasn’t going to be able to retire at 45 because she had to contribute to her pension… so her life plans were extended out a few years.

                I think that in most districts, first year teachers don’t make a whole lot of money. But if you stick to it, you move up pretty quick- and from what I’ve seen, the rise is fairly steep.

                1. Well, I just looked it up and DC has the highest starting salary for teachers, over $50k. So maybe they can afford Mercs after working for a while.

                  The variation is huge, though. I think that’s about what my mother was making when she retired a few years ago after teaching for over 30 years.

              2. I know of a kindergarten teacher who was making a little over $100,000 per year before she retired. I also know of a special ed teacher making over $100,000. Both are in the Pittsburgh area. I’m not saying that’s typical, but teachers do quite well around here.

    2. No way. It is Hunger Games. My wife has been saying that for years. Washington DC is the grossest city in America. No one here is that smart or interesting. Hell, at least people in Hollywood are good looking even if they are overpaid and annoying.

      The whole place if filled with people who know nothing but honestly think they have a right to run everyone else’s lives because they are of the right class and credentials. I hate it.

      1. I wish I could have taken a picture of it, but I was going too fast. Gone and behind me in a blink.

        And you’re right about DC. The people who inhabit are vile creatures, completely sure of their vital role in the world.

        1. I have several pictures of Prius with an Obama sticker next to a large Rover or other SUV parked in front of large McMansions that have been built after tearing down the perfectly acceptable but modest house that was standing there.

          I don’t begrudge consumption. I love consumption and am generally happy to see other people get to have it. But I really hate consumption from people who act like consumption by anyone else is some kind of a sin.

          1. I don’t begrudge consumption. I love consumption and am generally happy to see other people get to have it.

            Nor I, but I do begrudge the parasite class and their vulgar status rituals.

          2. Drive through Great Falls (VA) some time – Old Dominion Dr. and Georgetown Pike have some of the tackiest residential architecture in the history of mankind. You know the people that own those are K St. lawyers/lobbyists and executives at gubmint IT contractors like SAIC.

            1. I take my motorcycle up there. It is unbelievable. How could anyone want a house that tacky? I wonder if there are not a lot of rich Arabs living up there or something. The only other place outside of Las Vegas I have ever seen that many tacky structures is on the grounds of Saddam’s palaces in Iraq.

              I am sure those people think they have so much taste. That they are just so fucking great. And they have all of the taste and class of the worst sort of white trash.

              1. I once read a quote by someone who had visited Ike & Tina Turner’s house:
                “I didn’t know you could spend $70,000 in K Mart.”

            2. Those are just the contractor executives. Go out to Sterling and Ashburn and you’ll see all the mid-level people at those companies also doing quite well for themselves. Sterling has a Ferrari dealership, which amused/horrified me when I first saw it. The Dulles Toll Road is a steady stream of Porsches, Beemers, Benzes and Rovers every day.

              If the people in flyover country understood just how corrupt our federal government really is now, people would be hanging from lamp posts in downtown DC.

              1. Thing is, people like John, JW and I (and 1000s of others) scream each and every day about what goes on here. The idiots in flyover country don’t believe us, even though we’re here. We see it. I have told many, many people on my travels to rural VT and NC just how shady and vile DC is. They just glaze over and dismiss me.

  11. Rick Perry has really steamed a lot of the MD liberals this week (redundant?) with his local ads and appearances to bring businesses to Texas.

    MD is rich! Texas is poor!

    I haven’t been able to get anyone to name a big business that isn’t kept afloat by the Federal or State Government.

    1. Or ask them what Maryland is like when you get away from the DC Baltimore corridor and thus away from all of that federal money. Places like Hagerstown or the Eastern Shore are lot poorer than most of Texas.

      1. I’ve lived in both places and there isn’t a contest. Texas wins my vote without question. That is the beauty of a 57 choice menu. You get to pick where to live.

        1. I like Texas but hate the climate. Maryland is a beautiful state with bay and beautiful farm land and mountains out west. It should be a great place to live in. Liberals keep taking over and ruining all of the nice places. Texas is great. But it is also hotter than holy hell and is a flat wasteland in most places. The hill country of Austin only seems so pretty because the land nearby in places like Waco is so ugly.

          1. You know who else lived in Waco?

            1. Crawford Texas is near Waco and is awful. I really think Bush hated the media and kept his ranch there as a way to torture the media by making them go out there for weeks at a time to cover him.

              Seriously, of all of the places to have a ranch in Texas, Crawford is not the worst, but it is close. Anyone who didn’t just want to torture the media would have chosen the Hill Country or maybe our around Alpine if you are okay with being in a really remote location. But God, not Crawford.

              1. Heh. I can just see W laughing to himself “these idiots came to this hell hole to watch me clear brush, what a bunch of tools”.

                1. “these idiots came to this hell hole to watch me clear brush, what a bunch of tools”

                  Meanwhile the tools are thinking “OMG, what a wannabe cowboy, out here clearing brush. Why doesn’t he just hire some brown people to do it for him? It’s too hot out here.”

            2. McGregor, TX is the home of Spacex’ test facility. I’d hate to have to live there, but getting to test fire big fuckin’ rocket engines for a living? Hell yeah!

          2. Texas is on my short list of places to retire to. Not sure where.

            Low/no state taxes and a lower cost of living than DC is going to be the deciding factor.

            1. TN or SC for me, just need to decide.

            2. San Antonio is good, great food and some good times. Austin is very “progressive” but the last I checked had more bars per capita than any city in TX, great music scene also. Dallas is where I grew up and I am partial to it. There are great places to live and work and the cost of living is very manageable. Unless you desire something very out of the way, E. TX isn’t for you, nor is W. TX. Houston is alright but very industrial and worse than MD levels of humidity.

          3. West Murland, baby, West Murland! We can shell Baltimore and Annapolis from hills in Frederick Co! Damn Commies!

            1. Where do you live right now? I live in Carroll County but work in Towson. So, during the day I mostly hate the people I am around but at night I can tolerate them.

              1. Living in Mt. Washington (pretty close to Towson), but working in the city (Balmer).

                I have some friends up in Carrol Co, around Westminster. I like it up there. Frederick is still my fav in Murland though. I am still considering moving out there, despite the more than 1 hour commute that would create. I work from home 2 days a week, so it wouldn’t be that bad I suppose.

                1. Problem is, the county is slowly converting to liberals too. I think Eldersburg is lost, and Westminster too now has a bunch of McMansion communities with large houses spaced out every 10 ft with a postage stamp for a backyard.

                  1. large houses spaced out every 10 ft with a postage stamp for a backyard

                    I hate that.

            2. sounds like many of us are in the DPRMD.

      2. Frederick is one of my favorite towns in the entire country. If it wasn’t in Maryland, I would consider retiring there.

        But once you leave Baltimore and head west, besides Frederick, it’s one of the most desolate parts of the country. You can drive for 30 minutes and not see anything except for trees and hills.

        1. Same for driving to Ocean City. Once you cross the bridge, there is nothing until you reach the shore.

          1. Berlin. I was there, accidentally, during their annual banjo festival.

            I have never seen more rednecks anywhere in the country ever, all at the same time.

            I’m not sure if the southern accent that people living there, have, is real or fake.

        2. You can drive for 30 minutes and not see anything except for trees and hills.

          Sounds good to me.

          1. Move the West Maryland. You will get all the trees and hills that you can stand.

            1. I have a good compromise between that and being close enough to people that you can be employed where I am now.

              I just don’t think of trees and hills as desolate. Cities seem more desolate to me. I remember when I was a kid and we woudl visit cities wondering what the hell people did in a place like that.

              1. Though it occurs to me that maybe desolate means “without people”, in which case, yeah.

        3. You can drive for 30 minutes and not see anything except for trees and hills.

          Only 30 minutes? You east coasters don’t know the meaning of the word “desolate.” Try driving across West TX, NM, or AZ. Once you’re away from the major population centers there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING out there for hours.

          1. There’s not even any trees or hills.

          2. Only 30 minutes? You east coasters don’t know the meaning of the word “desolate.” Try driving across West TX, NM, or AZ. Once you’re away from the major population centers there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING out there for hours.

            I’ve driven everywhere in the country. West Maryland is as desolate as it gets. Sure, the scale is smaller than Montana, but it’s still just as desolate.

    2. NOVA would be a ghost town, as would much of Maryland, without all of the government and government contractor related jobs. The entire area is artificially propped up by enormous amounts of federal spending and cronyism.

      Take all that away, and see how fast Baltimore will look like Detroit. From 1 million residents, to 600,000 to 300,000 in the blink of an eye.

      1. To me, Baltimore already looks like Detroit. What a shithole. So glad the squeeze moved to Silver Spring (even if he calls it “Silver Springs”).

        1. Silver Spring is freaking awful.

          Parts of Baltimore, in particular, the NW, are very nice.

          1. Silver Spring isn’t bad. There are some nice parts to it. You want awful, go to Beltsville or Greenbelt or any of the PG suburbs. Those are awful.

            And as bad as much of the Maryland burbs are, in many ways the NOVA ones are worse. The thing about the Maryland burbs is that the nice ones are horribly expensive but they are nice. Potomac and Glen Echo and Bethesda and Chevy Chase and even Rockville are really nice. But even the nice ares of NOVA are not that nice. McClain sucks. It is the land of t he $800K butt ugly split level and the depressing strip mall. Arlington is pretty, provided you stay north of 66, but those neighborhoods cost a fortune and the houses never go on sale. Falls Church is nice, but your commute is going to be hell to most places. And the rest of it just sucks. Springfield and out in there is just horrible. Unlike the rest of the NE, DC has the shittiest suburbs. The burbs around New York, Philadelphia and Boston are often gorgeous. DC not so much.

            1. Real estate is too expensive in all of MD. That’s why I am not interested in ever buying here. It’s all artificially inflated just like the economy here. One day, it’s all going to come crashing down. I will hopefully be retired or semi-retired and long gone, before that happens.

              1. I am not sure where to buy. I can see the logic of buying in VA. But honestly, I think that is being optimistic. The brain dead retards in NOVA are taking over the state. If they elect McCulluffe governor, it is all over. Virginia will be as bad as Maryland by the time he is out of office. It is already pretty close. The taxes in VA are not that much lower than Maryland and the government only marginally less bankrupt and corrupt.

                1. I’m pretty sure McAuliffe is a lock. He’s complete DC insider scum, and the NoVA voters will go to the polls for him. Even the Cooch is trying to pander to liberal voters by running ads about an innocent man in prison he helped to free. It won’t work. It’s all McAuliffe at this point.

                  1. That is why I am not in a hurry to move to Virginia Kristen. It is gone. What is funny is how many brain dead liberals I know who work for DOD and live in Virginia. They are all fucking just so upset about the evil sequester. It is all I can do to keep from screaming “you voted for Obama and work for DOD, what did you think was going to happen to your budget you half wit”

                2. Next home I buy will be in TN or SC. There is nothing buyable within a commute to my current job. I see young people here barely out of college and into their first job, getting themselves into 350k debt on a home that would sell for 150k or less in most other states. It’s insane, IMHO.

            2. I’ve spent a lot of time driving out I-66 to I-81 the last few months, and if I absolutely had to stay in the DC area and invest in more property here, it would be out along 66, west of Gainsville, where the blight of endless townhouses and cineplexes hasn’t reached yet. Like The Plains or Marshall or even Markham/Linden.

              1. I have done that drive a lot of times. I am not sure the city can really get any bigger. There is a limit to how far it can spread. Right now if you live in Gainseville or Warrenton your commute to anything inside the beltway is going to be at least an hour and a half and probably longer. I think that is getting to the point of maximum commute. I can’t see it growing much further west.

                That whole area though is beautiful, especially as you go south. US 29 to Charlottesville is just a lovely drive.

                1. I figure drive to Manasshole and take the VRE. But seriously, the thought of being confined to the DC area for the rest of my days is so horrible I have trouble imagining it.

                  1. he thought of being confined to the DC area for the rest of my days is so horrible I have trouble imagining it.

                    Don’t worry, KK, when the fedgov collapses into Bolivian, we can all finally escape.

                  2. Your commute would be ridiculously long if you’re working inside the Beltway. We’ll probably end up moving to Gainesville anyway, just because of the obscene cost of housing here and because we eventually want a SFH for our child.

                2. US 29 to Charlottesville is just a lovely drive

                  Driving down there later this week.

          2. Silver Spring and most of PG County are really just typical older eastern suburbs. They remind me a lot of New Jersey.

            Maryland might be the singularly most unappealing state in the union, as far as I’m concerned. It’s part The Wire and part Deliverance.

            1. They remind of the bad parts of New Jersey. But the really nice burbs in Northern New Jersey are nicer than anything around Washington, DC.

              And if you think Western Maryland is like Deliverance, you have never seen what deliverance looks like. Western Maryland is full of well kept farms and beautiful countryside. It is nothing like East Texas or Oklahoma or Arkansas. Hell, Maryland is nicer than a lot of Pennsylvania.

        2. Silver Spring, aren’t you fancy

        3. Concur. How did this shithole ever get the nickname “Charm City?”

    3. I love those commercials, they almost seem like satire and I chuckle a bit every time I see one. Perry is the most Texan guy ever.

  12. If he runs again in 2016, I think Gary Johnson should do an ad parodying the Progressive Insurance rate suckers ad.

    “What’s happening!?”

    “Those are Washington bureaucrats and Republicans and Democrats. Their bad fiscal habits are ruining the economy and racking up debt that your grandchildren will have to pay for later while enriching themselves off of your taxes. Luckily there is a solution…”

    1. If Rand gets the R nomination in 16, fat chance, I will for once, not ‘waste my vote’ and will vote GOP, instead of Libertarian.

      1. Same here, and I could Rand making a similar commercial (minus the dig at Republicans).

      2. I’d suck it up and vote for an R if Rand got the nomination. I still think Johnson should make that ad in any case, though.

  13. The income of the typical D.C. household rose 23.3% between 2000 and 2012 to an inflation-adjusted $66,583[…]During this period, median household incomes for the nation as a whole dropped 6.6% ? from $55,030 to $51,371

    “Sluuuuurrrrrrrrrp! Ah! Thank you!” said the vampire.

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